New Legislation Amends Law to Allow School Districts to File for a Stalking No Contact Order, and Adds “Unwanted Messages via Social Media” to the Definition of Stalking

As of August 20, 2018, school districts are among the five categories of persons or entities allowed to file a request with a court for an emergency stalking no contact order. Specifically, Senate Bill 3411 amended the Illinois Stalking No Contact Order Act to add “an authorized agent of a school,” as well as authorized agents “of a workplace” or a “place of worship,” to the law’s list of those allowed to file for a stalking no contact order. Previously, only victims of stalking or someone acting on behalf of an incapacitated victim had been permitted to file for such an order.

Senate Bill 3411 also amended the law to add “unwanted messages via social media” to the definition of stalking behavior. Other types of online behavior and electronic messages, like sending unwanted emails and text messages, were already included in the definition.

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